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Department of Physical Therapy News

The Physical Therapy Department offers a doctorate of physical therapy degree designed to prepare students for entry into the profession. Students are prepared as generalists, but then have an opportunity to investigate the orthopedic, pediatric, and geriatric specializations through clinical exposures and student research opportunities. The curriculum provides a comprehensive background in the art and science of physical therapy and prepares graduates for state licensure examination eligibility.

Current Physical Therapy News

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Campus News | October 7, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring collaboration and reflection at UNLV.

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People | September 24, 2021

A bad experience with physical therapy as a child didn't stop School of Integrated Health Sciences Alumna of the Year Ashley Reagor from opening her own physical therapy practice.

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

Business and Community | April 21, 2021

UNLV recognizes individuals for their exceptional work in community engagement activities.

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Campus News | April 21, 2021

Service-Learning Award recipient Jennifer Nash partners with community agency to provide opportunities for students while addressing fall risks for older adults.

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Research | February 17, 2021

After pivoting from planned research, a physical therapy professor's Zoom classes offer exercise outlet to Down syndrome patients.

Physical Therapy In The News

Las Vegas Sun
March 30, 2022

U.S. News & World Report recognized 23 UNLV programs, including 13 from the William S. Boyd School of Law, in its annual list of top graduate and professional schools.

September 30, 2021

UNLV just held a class in the school of hard knocks.

Nevada State News
September 13, 2021

Researchers have known for some time that a person’s zip code can have as much of an impact on their health as their own genetics.

July 30, 2021

Performing certain exercises can help you manage spasticity after a stroke.

July 30, 2021

Performing certain exercises can help you manage spasticity after a stroke.

Medical Daily
January 14, 2019

While working on the computer, we slip into autopilot so often that we fail to realize when we ended up in that familiar position - leaning forward without support, head bent down, and eyes close to the monitor.

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Recent Physical Therapy Accomplishments

January 13, 2022
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) received a grant for $349,773 from the Department of Defense —Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs for research supporting "Enhancing Motor Function in Individuals with Lower Limb Amputation Through Peer-Based Balance and Fall Recovery Skill Training." The research conducted by Lee and colleagues…
October 26, 2021
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) received a grant award from the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidenced-Based Practice for his grant project, "Socioeconomic Disparities on Post-Amputation Outcomes in Individuals with Lower Limb Amputation." 
May 27, 2021
Jennifer Kawi (Nursing), as a member of the board of the state office of minority health and equity (NOMHE), was part of an AAPI listening session titled “Fatigued & Taxed: A Listening Session about the Strain and Expectations Facing Asian American and Pacific Islander Healthcare Professionals.” The session, which took place…
March 30, 2021
Leland "Rocky" Rockstraw (Nursing), director of the Clinical Simulation Center, was elected by the National Academies of Practice (NAP) as a Distinguished Practitioner & Fellow. The class of 2021 Fellows were welcomed into NAP in a virtual awards and induction ceremony earlier this month.
October 27, 2020
Lidio Lima de Albuquerque, Milan Pantovic, Katherine Fischer, Sharon Jalene, and Brach Poston (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Science), Mitchel Clingo (Medicine), and Merrill Landers (Physical Therapy), along with Zoltan Mari of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center, wrote "An Acute Application of Cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation…
September 22, 2020
Danny Young (Physical Therapy) has been awarded an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) R03 grant, Improving Hospital Efficiency: Predicting Post-Acute Care Facility Placement Using Machine Learning and Patient Mobility Scores from the Electronic Medical Record, with his collaborators at John Hopkins. This grant funded at $99,860 will…